The Young and the Restless

1973, TV Show

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Was the WGA Strike Good for Soaps?

All My Children courtesy ABC

The 100-day Writers Guild walkout crippled most of showbiz, but all the daytime soaps stayed in production and most of them stayed in the pink — no drastic ratings slides, no horrible creative collapses. In fact, some shows are in better shape because of the strike. Free of head writer Hogan Sheffer, Days of our Lives has regained its heart and emotional chutzpah. The reunion of Grandpa Shawn (Frank Parker) and his long-lost dying sister Colleen (Shirley Jones) left me blubbering like a fool; the subsequent plane crash where Shawn sacrificed his life for his loved ones was harrowing and poignant. It’s been a long time since Days made us care this much. The Young and the Restless has quickly and vastly improved without exec producer/head writer Lynn Marie Latham, a wildly destructive force who fired many of the show’s great longtime staffers and filled the writing team with cronies (including her husband and son). CBS will not bring her back. Best. Decision. Ever.All M... read more

Paley Center Springs Forth with Kyle, Moonlight, Bones

Matt Dallas by Eike Schroter/ABC Family, Alex O'Loughlin by Cliff Lipson/CBS

It may be slim pickings for fans trying to score last-minute tickets to the 25th Annual Paley Festival in Hollywood. Luckily, the Paley Center for Media, a nonprofit organization dedicated to television, new media and radio, has added 11 star-studded panels to its spring 2008 lineup, kicking off March 28. Kyle XY, Bones, Moonlight, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Greek, The Young and the Restless: 35th Anniversary, The Sarah Silverman Program and The View are just a few of the hit shows who now will participate in the spring season. The casts and crews, it has been revealed exclusively to TVGuide.com, will field questions from the general public in bicoastal screenings, followed by intimate Q&A sessions. “It is an honor to be recognized as a successful show,” says Kyle XY himself, Matt Dallas. “This season was a great season and we are proud of the work we have accomplished thus far. We are excited to go back to work and continue to make a show that we all... read more

Logan Rave: Y&R's "Fearless, Flawless" Eric Braeden

Eric Braeden by Robert Voets/CBS

Barring an act of God, The Young and the Restless will hit a staggering milestone on Feb. 29: 1,000 consecutive weeks as daytime’s top-rated show. All involved in this super-streak deserve kudos, but I just gotta give a special shout-out to Eric Braeden as ruthless kingpin Victor Newman.After an unfortunate rough patch where the writers turned his character into a passive, puppy-hugging wuss, Braeden is back on fire these days — truly terrifying during Victor’s brutal divorce from Nikki, tender and heart-shattering during his death vigil for Hope. Who else has such range? We could easily watch this fearless, flawless actor for a thousand more weeks. — Michael Logan read more

Preview: Young and the Restless' "Dynamite" Twist

Signy Coleman by John Heller/WireImage.com

Say it ain't so! On Feb. 11, The Young and the Restless will bring back the marvelous Signy Coleman as blind heroine Hope Adams. But, after just a week, the character — a major fan favorite from the '90s — is going to die on screen from pancreatic cancer."It's welcome back, now get the hell out of here!" says Coleman, who got the call to return while shopping in a New Jersey mall. "I was thrilled they want me to play Hope again, but so heartbroken they're killing her off that I just stood there crying in the middle of Barnes & Noble. She's the best character ever. But I'm also very grateful. They allowed me to bring her in, and they're allowing me to take her out." And there's a big upside to this sad event. Hope's son, Vic, to be played by Chris Engen (Felicity), doesn't know he's the spawn of Genoa City megalomaniac Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). "Hope's last wish is that her son connect with his father," Coleman says. "It's going to be dynamite." Y&R's younger se... read more

February Sweeps Preview!

Brandon Beemer, Martha Madison, Jay Johnson, Nadia Bjorlin by Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Days of our LivesFour top characters — Philip, Shawn, Chloe and Belle — will hop a private jet to Ireland to find Belle's kidnapped daughter. And go figure: Philip adds to the stress onboard by demanding Belle choose once and for all between Shawn and him. "Could there be worse timing?" Martha Madison says with a laugh. The actress, who plays the freaked-out mom, promises a "huge reveal in Ireland that will tie up over 20 years of story and explain why the DiMeras have such a vendetta against the Bradys." And we finally learn the true identity of Belle's father, John Black (Drake Hogestyn). "It'll change everything in a big way," Madison promises. "Belle's gonna be a DiMera! Who'da thought?"All My ChildrenIt's no secret All My Children's Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) likes men — witness her 11 marriages and countless trysts — but she's never enjoyed an interracial romance. Until now. Actor Mario Van Peebles joins the show this week as Erica's new love interest, Samuel... read more

Michael Logan's Worst of 2007

Drake Hogestyn by Chris Haston/NBC

I knew we were in for a bumpy ride when All My Children started the year by murdering Dixie — the show's heart and soul — with a plate of poisoned pancakes. But hey, that meant more airtime for Zarf, a rude, suffocatingly hammy, penis-flashing transgender rock star who fell in love with Pine Valley's saintly lesbian Bianca. Appropriately, fans on the Internet named the couple "Barf." In a pathetic attempt to boost ratings, Days of our Lives pretended to kill its most popular male character, John, played by Drake Hogestyn. Even the cast was fooled. But with the Nielsens staying flat, Hogestyn is now back at work and we're left to wonder: How the hell can we ever invest in Days again?General Hospital viewers had a fit and threatened to stop watching when heartthrob Jax was held hostage and forced into sex by a loony Russian chick. Meanwhile, they didn't seem to mind when a Port Charles strangler killed three women.Things that made me cringe: Constantine Maroulis on The Bold ... read more

Young and Restless Boss on the Way Out?

Lynn Latham by Cliff Lipson/CBS

Could the writers' strike be good for The Young and the Restless? Word is, executive producer/head writer Lynn Marie Latham — who has nearly ruined the once-glorious soap — will not return, no matter when and how the walkout ends. When contacted, a rep for the CBS-Sony show hemmed and hawed but did not deny Latham's ousting or reports that Sony programming VP Steve Kent has now taken command. He's not just some suit. Kent was supervising producer of Santa Barbara, arguably the best daytime soap ever. — Reporting by Michael Logan read more

Inside Nikki and Victor's "Brutal" Y&R Divorce

Melody Thomas Scott and Eric Braeden by Monty Brinton/CBS

CBS Daytime's premier supercouple, Victor and Nikki on The Young and the Restless, will decide to get a divorce on Oct. 5 — and there's nothing civil about it. "We start out trying to be decent to each other, but things don't turn out that way. It's really pretty brutal," says actress Melody Thomas Scott, now in her 28th year as Nikki. "At one point Eric Braeden [Victor] and I just threw out the script and went for it. We're both Aries, and when we get going in fight scenes, we'll kill each other unless someone yells 'Cut.'"The marriage started heading south a few months back when ex-stripper Nikki made an unsuccessful run for the Wisconsin state senate. She then slept with her campaign manager, which sent control-freak Victor over the edge. But this isn't their first divorce, and it probably won't be the last. "Let's face it, they're addicted to each other," Thomas Scott says. "Nikki is the only woman who can make Victor this angry." — Reporting by Michael Logan read more

"Exciting" Days Ahead for Emmy-winning Y&R Exec

Edward Scott by Mike Guastella/WireImage.com

Days of Our Lives has announced that Edward Scott — who during his longtime run with The Young and the Restless was credited for 15 Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, among them five wins — has joined the NBC sudser as co-executive producer. "I am very enthusiastic about the important changes that Edward Scott will bring," Ken Corday, executive producer, Corday Productions, Inc., says in a statement. "Ed comes with more than 20 years experience with The Young and the Restless and brings a new, vibrant, creative energy and strength to this all-important position of leadership. Days will benefit greatly from Ed's direction. The viewers will also be thrilled with the exciting changes in the days to come."Salem is also welcoming another Genoa City transplant — Y&R's Marnie Saitta is coming on board as casting director. read more

Sports Briefs: Tony Parker Goes One-on-One with Dave

Tony Parker, aka this year's NBA Championship MVP and Desperate housewife Eva Longoria's own (ahem) "MVP"/hubby-to-be talks about leading the Spurs to their fourth title in nine years when he visits the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, June 25 — his first talk-show drop-by since San Antonio's big win.... Milwaukee Brewers hurlers Chris Capuano and Jeff Suppan, outfielder Bill Hall and shortstop J.J. Hardy will play themselves when they make their "acting" debut on The Young and the Restless June 20. read more

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Premiered: March 26, 1973, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: An iconic, enduring soap opera, this is the steamer set in Genoa City, where the Newman and Abbott dynasties stir it up in the bedroom and the boardroom. Best known for long-term love triangles, issue-oriented plots, a multi-ethnic cast and slick production values, `Y&R' has been showered with Emmys, launched countless careers and spawned the equally lavish `The Bold and the Beautiful.' Former cast members include Tom Selleck and David Hasselhoff.

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